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n Gender and Behaviour - Factors influencing attitudes of women towards the education of female children. A case study of the Cape Coast munucipality of Ghana
The purpose of the study was to find out whether attitudes of women towards the education of female children was related to the level of a woman's education, her occupational status and her environment.
A total of 300 respondents completed the survey instrument that was designed foe the study. Data were analyzed using Pearson's correlation coefficient, chi-square at alpa level of .05 and a two-tailed t-test of independence.
The study revealed that the level of education of women influenced their attitudes towards the education of female children. The type of occupation of women also influenced their attitudes towards the education of female children. On the other hand, there was no significant difference between the attitudes of rural and urban-based women concerning the education of female children. In conclusion the factors that negatively or positively influenced the attitudes of women towards the education of female children were the level of education, and occupational status. However, the environment in which women resided neither positively or negatively influenced their attitude towards the education of female children. It was recommended that for the attitude of women towards the education of girls to be positive, there was the need to encourage poor parents by giving them attractive packages like financial and material incentives. The cost of education should be re-evaluated by the various District Assemblies and unnecessary levies removed to enable mothers afford the cost of schooling
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